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Entries open for SAIPA National Accounting Olympiad – interest rising

South African Institute of Professional Accountants
22 January 2018

Following a clear rise in interest in the South African Institute of Professional Accountants’ (SAIPA’s) National Accounting Olympiad (NAO) last year, the institute has again invited entries from Grade 11 and Grade 12 learners that are currently taking Accounting as a school subject, and who wish to follow a B.COM degree as further study.

The entries will officially close on 25 April 2018 with no limit on the number of entries per school and a registration fee of R50 per learner. However, it will be free for any learner from a no-fee school.

Zobuzwe Ngobese, Marketing and Business Development Executive at SAIPA notes that since the competition’s inception in 2002, the Institute had opened it to Grade 11 pupils for the first time last year.

The aim with the Olympiad is to make Accounting a subject of choice for learners and to expose them as early as possible to the Accountancy profession. SAIPA also invests substantially in positioning the NAO to provide learners with a foot in the door with future employers.

“We want to reach even more schools to make the subject of accounting popular again because our economy needs more accountants in order to grow,” Ngobese adds.

Competition schedule
The first-round exam paper of the 2018 competition is scheduled for 16 May 2018at the learners’ respective schools. All learners who qualify for the final round will be invited to participate on 1 August 2018. The final round will determine the top provincial and national winners.

The top performers, as well as their teachers and schools will receive great prizes of which more information will be communicated at a later stage.

Ngobese further points out that SAIPA plans to open the Olympiad to pupils from Grade 10 to Grade 12 in the future. He says in many instances pupils have already made their career decisions when they reach their final school year.

For more information on the National Accounting Olympiad, or to request an entry form, please send email to, or visit the SAIPA website